Institutional memory (making) and learning across project silos


Every (smart) development organisation wants to be a ‘learning organisation’. It’s perhaps a doomed enterprise, or a red herring. But there is one thing that every organisation can do to reduce its silos: to learn across its various projects and programs (let’s call them projects here). Developments projects are rich learning grounds, since most development […]

Musings about learning about action about change in an Exchange


Last week I was on the premises of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in the UK co-facilitating an interesting Knowledge Exchange about ‘Acting on what we know and how we learn for climate and development policy‘. Together with fellow co-facilitators Pete Cranston and Carl Jackson and with the benediction of the CGIAR research program […]

All the mistakes you make, all the promises you break… in your events


Should’ve seen it coming a lot earlier… that mistake that was so familiar when it happened again. Or rather: those mistakes… I just ended a streak of five events in four weeks to facilitate in the past four weeks and when repetition happens, the danger of the auto-mode is glowing in the dark. Auto-mode is […]